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A plate of some of the delicious items from the buffet at the Blue Willow Inn. Photo: Curtis Compton / Staff

A plate of some of the delicious items from the buffet at the Blue Willow Inn. Photo: Curtis Compton / Staff

1) Blue Willow Inn

You say, “I don’t even *like* Southern food normally and I love their food (even though it is VERY Southern). Pecan cheddar biscuits… fried green tomatoes… those are my favorite items there. It’s a bit of a drive, but it is worth it.”

2) Café Bombay

3) John Boy’s

4) Daddy’s Country Kitchen

5) Journey’s End

OUR PICKS

The sweet, syrup-drenched Gulab Jamun from MGR Palace. Photo: Becky Stein/ special

The sweet, syrup-drenched Gulab Jamun from MGR Palace. Photo: Becky Stein/ special

1) MGR Palace

We say “It’s no surprise that one of the Atlanta area’s best Indian restaurants also has one of the best lunch buffets around.”

2) Blue Willow Inn

3) Sweet Tomatoes

4) Mirch Masala

5) Captain Billy’s Fish House

627 comments Add your comment

Drifter

September 2nd, 2009
3:26 pm

Buckners is good, but it’s not really much of a buffet…my grandmother used to bring that much variety of food to the table for every meal. If that’s your definition of a buffet, then the Dillard House is the best in Georgia…it’s going to cost you $20+ per person though.

PJ

September 2nd, 2009
3:56 pm

Golden Coral in Jonesboro!

muckdog

September 2nd, 2009
4:26 pm

John Boy’s (formerly Sonny’s) on Canton Hwy. Love it. Kind of rundown but always crowded. Not the best southern food I have had, but a good selection and very consistent with their quality. Plus, less than $8 with tip.

Jessica

September 2nd, 2009
4:28 pm

I miss Captain Billy’s Seafood buffet in Marietta. Nothing has topped that since!

southern belle

September 2nd, 2009
4:36 pm

folks, this story is called “Best of the Big A”–ATLANTA? heard of it? this isn’t about valdosta, jackson, savannah, social circle or anywhere else OUTSIDE of the metro atlanta area! i thought i’d get some good buffet recommendations, but instead the comments are mostly about place no where near Atlanta. learn to read!

back to answering the question… i like the Golden Corral in Kennesaw!

Vancza

September 2nd, 2009
4:36 pm

Aja in Buckhead – $10 all you can eat sushi during the week and it’s GOOOOOD sushi.

muckdog

September 2nd, 2009
4:37 pm

Sal Grosso at Powers Ferry and Windy Hill is also very good. Brazilian steakhouse. It is not as good as Fogo, but it is also less expensive. Worth the cost for special occasions. Capt’n Billy’s was good.

Lee

September 2nd, 2009
4:43 pm

Has to be John Boy’s in Marietta

Posey

September 2nd, 2009
4:56 pm

Henry’s Restaurant Hwy 441 Clayton GA ~ limited choice but the absolutely best fried catfish you will ever eat. Can’t beat the homemade icecream either.

Paul

September 2nd, 2009
5:03 pm

Loretta’s in Oakwood. Not actually a buffet but more like a cafeteria setting. Country cooking at it’s best!!

Bill

September 2nd, 2009
5:05 pm

“In Atlanta,” I had to bend the rules because Larry’s is that good. I’ll bet most of the buffets mentioned do not use FRESH veggies. Everything is fresh at Larry’s. That’s Larry’s in Trenton, Ga. — the best buffet in Atlanta.

Hugh

September 2nd, 2009
8:16 pm

Hey Southern Belle, what about the people that live outside the “Metro” area? They read too…
If you go to Kennesaw, Daddy’s in Acworth is just a short drive from there and well worth the trip. You will forget Golden Corral because of the food, the price and the hospitality…

don’t forget to ask for the strawberry cobbler with a scoop of vanilla…

Old Time Atlantan

September 2nd, 2009
10:27 pm

For a straight Southern buffet, I like Matthews better than anywhere else I’ve been lately. I’ve been eating there more that 40 years and the food is still great.

I like Mary Mac’s a lot , too, but it ain’t even a buffet. Still good Southern cooking, though.

And whatever happened to American Lunch?? That was my all time fave in the 60’s.

luke

September 2nd, 2009
10:34 pm

JOHN BOY NOT TO CLEAN FOR SURE SEE LULU

Old Time Atlantan

September 2nd, 2009
10:35 pm

I almost forgot.. I went to Paula Deen’s place in Savannah. Ok, so it’s a little touristy and the buffet is a bit pricey for dinner, and the selection isn’t huge, but, regarding the buffet – what there was was cherce!

Darlene

September 2nd, 2009
10:39 pm

The Flying Biscuit….best in Georgia.

su phu

September 2nd, 2009
11:45 pm

Sidney’s in Duluth on Pleasant Hill…off exit 104 on interstate 85

Kat

September 3rd, 2009
12:39 am

Whole Foods and buffet are two words that don’t seem to belong in the same sentence, but the store has one of the best around. It’s probably the only healthy buffet that exists, and has an incredible variety of quality, flavorful foods. You won’t find wilting iceburg lettuce on the salad bar; it features several different types of flavored tofu, a slew of vegetables and toppings. They also have a large amount of hot food that you would find at a typical buffet: macaroni and cheese, green beans, meat and potatoes but made with few, fresh ingredients listed next to each dish. Decadent desserts like tarts and cakes make it the perfect place to stop in for a quick bite or to dine and feast.

Kat

September 3rd, 2009
12:50 am

I hate the images that the term ‘buffet’ conjures up; sneezeguards, hairnets and large vats of pudding. I always avoided them like the plague until I ate at Moksha Indian Restaurant in Alpharetta. Unfortunately, their location is victim to the construction on Old Roswell Road, and the restaurant is hidden behind a closed road near Mansell. The lunch buffet is incredible and serves a great selection of Indian cuisine that is a steal for only $10. Hot naan is delivered to the table and a good mix of vegetarian and non-veg options are available. The dessert is an amazing hybrid of bread pudding and carrot cake and the restaurant is decorated beautifully. I could eat at this buffet everyday.

Paddy

September 3rd, 2009
1:40 am

Grossed out….If you eat a big meal, the best way to digest it is to lie down. The blood then concentrates in your stomach and is digested better and faster. I know you were trying to be sarcastic but you actually got one right for a change. Blind squirrel kind of deal.

Leah Sears

September 3rd, 2009
2:46 am

Don’t forget Savannah’s Lady and Sons!!!

RWLS

September 3rd, 2009
3:46 am

Mathews in Tucker…Hands down, up, sideways…Good eating!

Paddy

September 3rd, 2009
7:54 am

connoisseur of food….boy you sound like a fun guy. Guess you would not like Jack’s They only serve items on the endangered species list and it is all fried. Nobody that eats at Jack’s is fat. Snail Darters are really small and not too filling. The Spotted Owl is good with a big portion size.

WDP

September 3rd, 2009
9:01 am

Blue Willow — canned vegetables. Way to much money for the quality of the food.
Matthews in Tucker -now thats home cookin at its best.

Foodie

September 3rd, 2009
9:56 am

ARE WE TALKING BUFFETS OR CAFETERIAS? Because Matthews and the Dekalb FM are cafeterias, even though they are good they are not buffets! I do remember Ma Hull’s, now that was good eating.

MWC

September 3rd, 2009
10:08 am

Once upon a time…Blue Willow was pretty good. Have you been there lately? Thumbs down…
I’m goin to FoxyLadyD’s houzz!

Foodie

September 3rd, 2009
10:18 am

Are we talking about buffets or cafeterias? Matthews and Dekalb FM are good, but they aren’t cafeterias! I am a native Atl. so I do remember Ma Hull’s(good eating) and fun.

Melissa

September 3rd, 2009
10:59 am

Stevi B’s Pizza Buffet! They have the BEST pizza buffet – great tasting pizza & lots of variety.

Carrie

September 3rd, 2009
11:12 am

Stevie B’s! YUM

Lisa

September 3rd, 2009
11:14 am

Stevi B’s!

HH

September 3rd, 2009
11:15 am

For Pizza, you’ve got to try Stevi B’s, Melissa above it right. For a high end buffet with lots of options– Whole Foods is great.

Indian Lover

September 3rd, 2009
12:25 pm

Swapna on Cobb Parkway. Best Indian Buffet hands down. Great selection and very high quality!

Kelly

September 3rd, 2009
12:28 pm

I love Stevi B’s Pizza Buffet — their loaded baked potato pizza is amazing

Anonymous

September 3rd, 2009
12:32 pm

I also would like to vote for Green Manor in College Park. Their Southern style food is very fresh and very very tasty!

Mona

September 3rd, 2009
12:41 pm

Both Baby Janes in Hiram and McDonough – great fried chicken, meat loaf and veggis!

Mona

September 3rd, 2009
12:41 pm

Both locations for Baby Janes – Hiram and McDonough!

Deacon Bob

September 3rd, 2009
12:51 pm

Orient Garden in Suwanee for the best Sunday lunch buffet.

Queen

September 3rd, 2009
1:01 pm

Katy’s in Lagrange, Georgia They have Pork Chops on Tuesdays they are the best and these wonderful mini-biscuits to die for. The Blue Willow Inn in Social Circle, Georgia is wonderful also! Yes I know Lagrange and Social Circle are not exactly Atlanta but…The food is worth the drive. Around Christmas The Blue Willow has Santa and Mrs. Claus they come around to the tables and there is a guy who plays the accordian. Love, love love the atmosphere.

Tamika

September 3rd, 2009
1:01 pm

Golden Corral

Queen

September 3rd, 2009
1:03 pm

Stevi B’s Loaded Baked Potatoe Pizza is awesome and the White Cheese Pizza.

Kat

September 3rd, 2009
1:06 pm

Sheeeeesh people. Do y’all need geography lessons……the title is Best Buffet of ATLANTA!! Not all of Georgia!

Best in Ga. is Buckners, Dillon House, Bullock House (Warm Springs) and Smith House in Dahlonega.

But I refuse to eat at Ryans and Golden Coral type…… Folks are just plain NASTY at those places!

DD

September 3rd, 2009
1:08 pm

Sushi Kiku on Lenox lunch Buffet. It makes RuSan’s look like yuppee prison food!!! Only $10.95… by far the best sushi experience for the dollar.

Anthony Tate

September 3rd, 2009
1:25 pm

Harvest Table in Augusta is pretty good. Paper plates kinda get on your nerves after a while. If you are feeling VERY adventurous, try R&D’s in Sylvania, Georgia. Awesome spread!!

Che

September 3rd, 2009
1:26 pm

Blue Willow in Social Circle…only the BEST

c

September 3rd, 2009
1:29 pm

Big DADDIES DISHES BIG DADDYS SOUL FOOD OLD NATIONAL HIGHWAY and RIVERDALE ROAD .KILLER PEACH COBBLER AND SWEET POTATOE PIE AND MEATS VEGTABLES AND SERVICE.

P. Davis

September 3rd, 2009
1:37 pm

Beautiful Restaurant on Cascade Road S.W Atlanta. The best Breakfast and Dinner in Atlanta. You will really enjoy the food.

GaNative

September 3rd, 2009
1:37 pm

OUR WAY in Avondale Estates

Summit Dawg..

September 3rd, 2009
1:40 pm

Don’t know about buffet, but the best “Soul Food” was Son’s Place off edgewood….Just recently closed.. Sad day, not sure if it was the economy or what? We miss you Len!!!!

PaulaP

September 3rd, 2009
1:44 pm

I don’t consider myself a buffet aficianado but I do know what I like best, and to me, hands down it’s Buckner’s. The chicken and peach cobbler alone are worth the trip down there. Just good food and plenty of it. And the servers are so nice, too.

lawana

September 3rd, 2009
1:46 pm

Buckner’s in Jackson GA. My entire family loves it! I have sent so many people that way and they all loved it too. #1. If you haven’t gone, then you must. It is true about sharing the round with strangers. Just take a group with you. Table holds 10.